Cancer Support Resources
National Cancer Institute
NCI a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government’s primary agency for cancer research, training, and health information.
Cancer Information Service
A free public service of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CIS is your source for the latest, most accurate cancer information for patients, their families, the general public, and health professionals. The CIS responds to calls in English and Spanish.
Toll-free counseling line and teleconference programs.
Cancer Hope Network
Free one-on-one support to people by trained volunteers.
American Cancer Society
Provides patient and family education and support, patient navigators, a cancer survivor network, transportation and free medical equipment for cancer patients, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, and commodes.
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345) routes you to national headquarters.
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Sponsored by ASCO (The American Society of Clinical Oncology), this site offers both a patient/family section and a professional section. Topics covered include: cancer types, diagnosis and treatments, coping, survivorship, advocacy and policy, ASCO resources, a library, news & events, in addition to a Spanish link.
Streamlines your internet search.
National Centerfor Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
National Instituteof Health (NCCAM)
This service is the public's point of contact for scientifically based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
I'm Too Young for This!
A website for teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer. It has information about weekend spa retreats, online forums and blogs, social networking, camping excursions, fertility education, peer counseling, financial scholarships, cancer information and more.
Patients Living With Cancer
Sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), this website is designed to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.
Staffed by skilled nurses and health education. Cancer Connect offers information on services available at the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center. This service is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(608) 262-5223 or 1-800-622-8922
American Cancer Society Navigator
Navigators provide a vital link between a cancer survivor and resources in the community, including transportation, lodging, and other American Cancer Society programs such as At Home which provides access to free medical equipment for cancer patients, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and commodes.
Call ( 608) 266-6025 for the UWCCC Navigator.
Call 1-800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
The Pastoral Services Department offers spiritual and emotional support for patients with cancer. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, and can be reached by dialing UW paging at
CareWear offers products for women who are receiving treatment for cancer. These include breast prostheses, breast forms, bras, natural hair eyebrows, headscarves, lymphedema sleeves, and more. Services are offered at UW Health East and West Clinics and the Breast Center at UW Hospital.
Wigs for Patients
Sponsored by the Friends of UW Hospital & Clinics, Inc., wigs, turbans and scarves available at no charge for patients who are receiving treatment at the UW. Call volunteer services department one week in advance for appointment at (608) 266-6025.
Look Good… Feel Better
A free service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, and hairless options. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics.
Call (608)-266-6025 for the UWCCC Navigator.
If calling long distance, 1-800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
The Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
is a University-based cooperative, interdisciplinary program that is committed to helping cancer patients get the answers, treatment, communication, and supoort they need. Services are provided free of charge.
Share the Care
Based on the book Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill by Capossela and Warnock. Provides a road map on how to create a caregiver team to provide individuals and families with help to meet the daily challenges of illness. To find out more contact UWCCC Cancer Connect.
SMART (Stress Management and Relaxation Training)
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine offers ten-week group session designed to teach new strategies for interpreting stressful events for patients with cancer. Participants are taught concrete stress management skills and new relaxation techniques. For further details:
UW offers cancer genetics risk assessment and counseling to women and men who have concerns about their personal and/or family history of cancer. To schedule an appointment contact the UW Clinical Genetics Center at (608) 263-7284.
Information for Specific Cancers
Brain Tumor Resources
American Brain Tumor Association
ABTA is a complete source of information about brain tumors, treatment options, clinical trials, and living with a brain tumor. A variety of social work resources and services are also available.
Brain Tumor Society
Research/Education/Support - easy access to resources you need for newly diagnosed patients, survivors, families and healthcare professionals.
The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation
Founded by families, friends and physicians of children with brain tumors, the CBTF mission is to raise funds for scientific research, educate the public, and improve the future of those affected.
National Brain Tumor Society
NBTS offers information about benign and malignant brain tumors, treatment centers, treatment options, the latest clinical trials and a survivors' network. The NBTF website is available in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, Potuguese and Spanish.
Madison Area Brain Tumor Support Group
All brain tumor survivors and their family or support persons are invited to share their brain tumor experiences in an effort to provide a supportive and educational experience. Meetings take place at UW Hospital.
Breast Cancer Resources
ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Founded by a group of women who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsises, surgery, and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD's founders are breast cancer survivors themselves who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease.
Address: 5775 N. Glen Park Road, Suite 210
Glendale, WI 53209
A support group for breast cancer patients and survivors. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month.
Aims to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation
Infinite Boundaries Retreat Program
Offers four-day wellness retreats for women living with breast cancer. The Foundation also sponsors awareness and educational programs. For details.
CHESS – Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System
An easy to use computer program for women diagnosed with breast cancer. CHESS offers a Message Center to communicate with others online, Discussion Group which allows you to communicate in a confidential way with other women living with breast cancer, Ask an Expert a confidential service where you may ask questions about medical, social, financial, spiritual, or emotional issues and get answers within two days, My Friend an e-mail system that connects you to a woman who will help you use CHESS and support you through your breast cancer diagnosis and a wide range of health tools including a decision notebook, health tracking, diary, and assessments. Contact the CHESS coordinator at 1-800-361-5481.
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Resources from women who are at high risk for breast and ovrian cancer. Provides information and support. Raises awareness and promotes research.
Website provides education and support for those with HER2 positive breast cancer.
Provides individual and group support for women in the Stoughton area who have breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or having completed treatment.
This is a website for breast cancer resources. It provides reliable, in-depth information on breast cancer and related women's health issues.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
This website offers programs and services for new patients, young women, women with advanced breast cancer, women at high risk, Aftrican American and Latina women. Programs for care givers and healthcare workers are offered.
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN)
This international group provides education to patients and health care workers about the risks and management of Lymphedema.
A support group for women who have had breast cancer is a combination of education and sharing.
Paul P. Carbone Resouce Library
The library is in the Breast Center. It has information about breast problems, breast cancer and treatment and breast cancer survivorship. Books, pamphlets, and videos are available for patients an families to check out. Desk top computers are available for research use. The library is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
Reach to Recovery
This program helps breast cancer patients both female and male cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors. For details call,
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The website About Breast Cancer, allows you to find information on diagnosis and treatment, risk factors and screening, and a host of other topics—like complementary therapies, life after treatment, and quality medical care.
The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coaition (WBCC)
This group works to be the voice of advocates concerned about persons being diagnosed with breast cancer. Programs have been started to affect changes in policy that have greatly increased funding for research on both the state and national level and worked to improve access to quality care and treatment for all people.
Wisconsin Well Woman
Wisconsin Well Woman is a statewide program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screeing for women who have limited or no insurance. Women must meet age and income eligibility criteria in order to enroll in the program. Members may choose from more than 25 area clinics for screening.
A nonprofit organization founded by breast cancer survivors has produced a series of videos in which breast cancer survivors offer emotional suipport and advice tonewly diagnosed women. For more information go to their website.
Young Women’s Cancer Support Group
This is a support group for young women who are dealing with the emotional and physical challenges that are different for women who are facing the cancer diagnosis at a young age. For further details call or e-mail:
Gastrointestinal Cancer Resources
Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
The voice of survivors – support and information for people touched by colorectal cancer
GIST Support International is an internet-based community of patients and friends. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to help GIST patients become their own best advocates, to educate, and to share emotional support.
The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health
Named for Katie Couric’s late husband, the JMCGH focuses on prevention, screening, treatment, support, research and education for those who have or are at risk of developing gastrointestinal cancers.
Life Raft Group is an international patient support organization for people with GIST and their family members. The mission of the Life Raft Group (LRG) is to ensure the survival of GIST patient while maintaining the quality of their lives. To accomplish this, efforts are devoted to: Information and Support, Treatment Surveillance, Research, Patient Consultation & Assistance, and Advocacy.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PALS Program (Patient and Liaison Services)
The first national patient advocacy organization for pancreas cancer, PALS provides public and professional education, supports research and offers patient service.
Genitourinary (GU) Cancer Resources
Someone to talk to . . . who understands!
Education, support groups and resources for patients with prostate cancer, their family and companions, and health care professionals.
Head and Neck Cancer Resources
“Heads Up” Cancer Support Group
“Heads Up” is a UWCCC support group for people with head and neck cancer, their family and friends. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month in the ENT Clinic conference room (G3/206). Call the Radiotherapy Clinic for information.
New Voice Club
The “New Voice Club” is a local support group for people who have had or who will have a laryngectomy (removal of the voice box). Meetings are held at the American Cancer Society Office. Contact the UW ENT Clinic for information.
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc (SPOHNC)
SPOHNC is a national, patient-directed, self-help organization that provides educational materials, a newsletter and one-to-one support.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
Committed to reaching out to those with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma in meaningful ways. Programs have been developed all over the country to meet the needs of patients, families and oncology professionals. Provides accurate, up-to-date, disease related information and referral services. Information Specialists are nurses, social workers and health educators.
Call local Wisconsin Chapter in Milwaukee for information about services offered regionally, including a patient aid program which offers funds for covered services.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
51 Locust Avenue, Suite 201
New Canaan, CT 06840
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was founded in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti following Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. Today, the MMRF is the world's number one private funder of myeloma specific research.
Lymphoma Informational and Educational Group
7907 UW Health Court
Middleton, WI 53562
A free support group: Join lymphoma patients (in and out of treatment) and supporters in a friendly and caring environment for information and discussion . Speakers will be offering educational information on a regular basis. Sponsored by UW Hospital and Clinics and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
For more information, call 608-826-1030.
Wisconsin Multiple Myeloma Support Group
451 Junction Rd
Madison, WI 53717
The Wisconsin Multiple Myloma Support Group provides an aopportunity for multiple myeloma patients and their loved ones to come together to exchange information for mutual support, comfort and friendship. A free monthly newsletter is available.
For more information, call (608)244-2120
Lung Cancer Resources
Lung Cancer Alliance
LCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with lung cancer. The website includes an in-depth guide about lung cancer and a geographical listing of lung cancer support groups. Lung cancer patients and families can request a free information packet through LCA's website or hotline which includes the book 100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer, authored by Joan Schiller, MD and Karen Parles, MLS.
For more information, call 1-800 298-2436.
Lung Cancer Online (Karen Parles, MLS)
This is an annotated directory of lung cancer information and resources for patients and their families.
National Lung Cancer Partnership
WALC supports increased fundig and provides advocacy for lung cancer research. A national nonprofit organization, WALC seeks to bring increased attention to lung cancer as a national health problem.
For more information, call (608)833-7905.
Prostate Cancr Resources
Man to Man Support Groups
A supportive gathering of men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meetings are both sharing and educational. No charge. Meets twice monthly.
Call (800)ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Us TOO Support Groups
Available in Racine, Milwaukee, and other places.
American Urological Association
Angel on My Shoulder
A non-profit organization helps persons, families, and caregivers dealing with cancer. There are special programs for children and teens as well as adults.
Web site: www.angelonmyshoulder.org
AirLifeLine is a national non-profit charitable organization of over 1,500 private pilots who fly ambulatory patients who cannot afford the cost of travel to medical facilities for diagnosis and treatment.
Web site: http://www.angelflightcentral.org
Corporate Angel Network, Inc.
Provides free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to and from recognized treatment centers in the United States.
Web site: www.corpangelnetwork.org
A non-profit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients faced with infertility.
Kids Can Cope
A support group for children who are dealing with the effects of any life threatening illness, whether their own or of a loved one.
Help families and children to better understand the effects of cancer and chemotherapy on a parent.
The Pregnant with Cancer Network
A national organization created to offer hope and support to women who are diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Through a network of women across the United States, the group can match a new patient with a woman once given a similar diagnosis that can lend support, share her experience, and offer hope.
R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The goal of the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation is to support cancer patients with information, moral support, and treatment assistance.
Web site: www.blochcancer.org
Road to Recovery
Program that assists ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. For more information call 1-800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Local TEAM Survivor organizations provide exercise and health education programs to women how have been affected by cancer.
Provides one time opportunity for 2 free round trip tickets for Wisconsin cancer patients going to treatment outside Wisconsin. For more information call 1-800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1, formerly First Call for Help, is a community resource line, providing 24-hour, 365-day a year, free and confidential information and referral services for people in Dane County who are in need of help. Call
2-1-1 within Dane County or (608)246-4357 from outside Dane County and from celllular phones.
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Last Updated: 09/05/2012
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